Biochemistry Research Week

Biochemistry Research Week

Apply to participate in an intensive, immersive experience designed to help students develop laboratory skills in biochemistry.  Participants will be mentored by graduate students from Harvard Medical School.  Spend part of Wintersession learning and doing hands-on research!  Applications due Oct. 15, 2017.  Acceptance information will be sent in mid-November.

The program is a joint project, sponsored by the Wellesley College Science Center, the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College, and Harvard Medical School.  The 2017 program is run by Prof. Julie Roden (Wellesley Chemistry) and Jeff Haswell, a graduate-student researcher at Harvard Medical School.

If accepted, you must participate in a mandatory pre-course orientation and focus group during reading period, where you will get to meet the instructors and the graduate student mentors.  The program will begin on the morning of January 18th (with Wintersession housing provided starting on 1/17).  Thursday and Friday you'll be in lab learning how to turn bacterial cells into protein factories to make the protein that we'll be studying, kinesin.  After MLK weekend, you'll be back in the lab on Tuesday purifying your protein and testing its activity on Wednesday.  You'll go on a field trip to Harvard Medical School on Thursday, and on Friday, you'll present the results of your project.  The program wraps up on January 26th with a celebratory breakfast and presentations. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on all of the lab days (and lunch on the field trip day).  There is no cost to the students for participating in the program.  Each pair of Wellesley students will be mentored by a graduate student from Harvard Med School.  Please contact Prof. Roden with any questions.